Employment breaches cost restaurants $70k

A Christchurch company operating two Japanese restaurants has been penalised $70,000 by the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) after the Labour Inspectorate found them ignoring employment law. The director of Japan Power, which trades as Samurai...... Read More

Red Zone projects get longer lease on life

Temporary projects in Christchurch’s residential red zone will be able to run for longer with the Government extending the timeframe on the ability to lease from 2 years to 5 years, Minister Megan Woods has announced. “Transitional projects...... Read More

Duckmanton murderer sentenced to life in prison

The man found guilty of murdering Renee Duckmanton has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum non parole period of 18 years. Sainey Marong, a 33-year-old butcher, was found guilty in February of the 2016 murder of Ms Duckmanton, a Christchurch...... Read More

Spotlight on Methven bowlers

Four Methven bowlers will next week travel to the bright lights of Auckland to try and knock some of the big names off their perch to win a national title. Brent Mayson, Craig Carter, Rob Fensom and Bruce Redmond will compete in the Bowls New Zealand...... Read More

Woman assaulted while walking to her car

A man has been arrested following a serious assault in Christchurch. Police were called to Hagley Park at around 10.30pm, following reports a woman was assaulted by a man while walking to her car. The man stole property and ran off, says Christchurch...... Read More

Hunger striker weak and tired, but not giving up

A Christchurch man who is on a hunger strike outside Southern Response's office says he is weak and tired, but is not giving up. Peter Glasson began a hunger strike on Tuesday in front of the Southern Response's offices after years of fighting...... Read More

Rolleston commuter rail queried

A Selwyn public transport advocate remains sceptical over proposals to link Rolleston and Christchurch by commuter rail. The government has recently released a 10-year transport plan, which will shift focus from state highway upgrades to light rail...... Read More

From farms to killing fields

With the declaration of war on August 4, 1914 many young men from around Selwyn saw an opportunity for adventure and a chance to serve their country in the ‘war to end all wars’. They come from the small country towns around Selwyn to sign...... Read More

Baabaas hit the ground running

A complete overhaul of the club and its operations and a new-look culture has played a huge part in a successful start to the 2018 season for the Ashburton Barbarians Rugby League side who are two from two and on top of their competition. After some...... Read More